Miss Widdecombe, known for her uncompromising views on gays, abortion and lone parents, seemed thrilled to be asked for her manicure secrets. "As this is the only beauty advice I am ever likely to be asked to give, I am going to make the most of it," she says, revealing that she uses Jessica or L'Oreal, and in rather strident colours too.
"I always use a base coat to avoid discolouring the nails and I use an oily drying agent rather than a spray so the colour does not dull," she says.
Miss Widdecombe admitted that she had been "head over heels, sick- to-the-stomach in love" and that she had no plans whatsoever to diet. "No way. I may be roly-poly but I am happy and a diet would just make me grumpy. However, if ever I feel I would like to lose weight I shall miss elevenses most, but I currently have no plans to do so."
She said the member of the Government she is mostly likely to ask for dinner is David Blunkett's guide dog, Lucy.
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